You’re in a conversation and someone says, “We must do anything and everything to stop climate change.”
What would you say?
In the last video, we discussed two questions that can help us really understand the current situation about climate change: What it means that the earth is warming, and whether or not the warming trends are the result of CO2 emissions.
Once we understand the issue of climate change, we need to understand what solutions are being proposed.
So the next time you’re in a conversation about climate change, remember to ask these two questions:
First, is climate change bad? Many people assume that increasing CO2 levels in the atmosphere is objectively bad, but that may not be the case.
Second, would the proposed solutions make a difference? If even our unrealistic goals of decreasing CO2 emissions wouldn’t significantly help, perhaps we should look for other ways to care for the environment.
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Further Resources: For more on Coronavirus leading to 5% reduction in carbon emissions in 2020, see: https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/why-co2-isnt-falling-more-during-a-global-lockdown/
For more on the Paris Climate Accord calling for 7.6% reduction in carbon emissions, see: https://www.unenvironment.org/news-and-stories/press-release/cut-global-emissions-76-percent-every-year-next-decade-meet-15degc
For more on attempts to restrict carbon emissions by fiat, see: the compilation Global Crises, Global Solution, ed. Bjørn Lomborg (Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press, 2004).
For more on how humanity is healthier than it’s ever been, and our environment is cleaner than it has been in the recent past, see: Bjørn Lomborg, The Skeptical Environmentalist: Measuring the Real State of the World (Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press, 2001), 3–33.
For more on how global environmental catastrophes based on current trends have proved false, see: Julian L. Simon, The Ultimate Resource 2 (Princeton, NJ: Princeton Univ. Press, 1996), 233–73.